Randoms 26

Randoms 26

Randoms 26


Hello my linky up types. I have not linked up in quite some time. I gave up during NaNoWriMo in November because writing 50,000 words is a lot of work. Then in December I found out my contract at work is not being renewed so I had job hunting and let-it-rip related stress in life.


And here we are, the last week in January, which is also the last week of my job. After today, I have three days of work left. I’m not much of a fan of Australia day but rightly or wrongly I’ll say I’m glad to have a day of paid downtime this week. 


I bought a shiny new blue iMac as I haven’t had a computer at home in a long time – I’ve had an iPad which served 95% of my needs but some things (like job hunting though lousy fucking HR software from companies who what you to do data entry for them for free fuck that) work better on a non tablet. And other things I just do a lot faster on a big screen and proper keyboard.



Yes, there’s a rogue tissue under my desk. Didn’t notice it was there til after I shared the photo all over social media *shrugs* such is life. I actually need to vacuum anyway.


So yeah 7.5 years in one place and a huge range of jobs within that 7.5 years and this week it’s all over. Super mixed feelings. The people I currently work with are my favourites and I’m going to miss them. We are a bloody fantastic team who achieve a lot for three people (that’s three with myself included). Damn good cost-benefit ratio but of course contract and budget decisions aren’t made on smart variables like how much you achieve. Thanks federal government for decimating higher education during the plague. I will not miss the harassment from H&S over needing workplace accommodations though. Fuck that shit. So glad to bin that.


Ideally I’m looking for remote work given that plague thing that’s going on. But really it’s a bit of wait and see what comes up. January is usually pretty quiet for jobs but there’s been a decent enough amount around, though lots of panel/recruitment processes are now slowing down due to that plague thing. As the weeks move on there’ll be even more jobs around.


To be honest I’m tired and never ever want to have to justify my working conditions again to anyone and think I’d be way better off working for myself. And it’s not the doing the work I have any problems with. I’m smart and so far in my life have excelled at any job I do. It’s the getting work part… sales… NO skills there. Though I also probably have to admit that I was working with a friend who was doing some informal business coaching with me and I haven’t taken all of the many steps we identified as possible options for me so I don’t know if I can say I have no skills when I haven’t tried.


And in related shiny object loving news, I’m creating a new thing! THING!


Thing has made progress over the weekend and I hope to get a pre-order page up this week. I’ve just got a few things I want to test and double check for viability before I do a pre-order page. 


Oh I decided I don’t like my psychologist and I’m cancelling sessions with her. I keep saying “x and y things are NOT things that are suited to me” and then they are all “hey try x”. Of all the people I expect to listen to me, it’s a psychologist. So yeah. The first one I had through the system I’m using was really lovely. But she had to leave. This new one… I think I’m falling outside what she likes so I’m getting cranky and it’s not helpful and I don’t want to talk to her.


There’s probably even more going on that I can’t think of right now. 


What’s new in your life?


Randoms 26

6 Replies to “Randoms 26”

  1. Good luck with the job hunting! I can totally relate to wanting to work from home at this time. I’m working on plan to freelance with graphic design but although I could take another job part-time for a while, I can’t imagine taking something that is not remote. Being around random people all day long during the plague? Not for me.

    I didn’t see the tissue under the table. People have to deal with the fact that some people’s photos are from real life! I love your iMac! I’m often tempted to get one but then I have to realise that I really need to have a laptop since I use it all over the place in the house.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I thankfully have a keyboard for the iPad that basically makes it a laptop – so the desktop choice was a good one for me. I feel that I’m good at the extremes – biggest or smallest haha. Last time I had a laptop it was the 11″ MacBook Air that they don’t make anymore.

  2. Only two days to go and I’m assuming they won’t expect you to work all of your last day…

    I hadn’t realised you’d been there 7.5 years. That is a long time, despite the variety of jobs during that time.

    I envy you your iMac. I so loved mine and – if my finances hold up (i.e I stay employed and can squirrel away some $) I’m tempted to get one. Though may need to wait until my current laptop dies.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      They were pretty quiet my last week there – trying to not contact me and do things without me (but having me there just in case). Yeah since April 2014 so it’s a lot to decompress and I kind of wish I had given myself more than 4 days between jobs now!
      I was a bit worried I’d find the 24″ iMac a bit small – after all my now ex-job was a laptop plugged into 2x 27″ screens but I love it. The screen is big enough to have things side by side as needed and I like that I have space both sides of it for camera, notebooks etc.

  3. Loved the random catch up…and good on you getting your IMac…bright and shiny and lovely. I am writing from my IMac that is a late 2013 model. LOVE it. You have been in that role for as long as we’ve moved on from Sydney…a LOT of time for us both with lots of changes.

    Gosh I hope you get to work at what you do best and under conditions that suit YOU!!

    It’s been great to see your post in the link up for Life This Week at Denyse Whelan Blogs.
    I look forward to seeing you again next Monday if you have a post to share. Thanks so much. Denyse.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Lots of trying to remind myself to be kind as I work through change, that’s for sure.

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